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Title race heading for exciting conclusion

Western Stars weren't expected to cause too many ripples in their first season back in the Premier Division, but they at least managed to do something no other team has managed so far, beat St David's in the league.

Now a league race that looked like being decided in St David's favour with a couple of games to spare, may just go right down to the wire. With three games remaining, St David's lead Bailey's Bay by 18 points and with the teams still to meet each other next weekend.

Weeks ago after losing to St David's, Irving Romaine, the Bay coach, admitted their hopes of a league title rested on somebody beating the Warriors. Stars stepped up to hand them their first league loss in a match at St John's Field that went down to the last ball, with Stars needing a boundary for victory. They got it with four byes.

Now the race could get even more interesting tomorrow when Southampton Rangers, the defending league champions, travel to Lord's to play St David's, while Bailey's Bay host Western Stars at Sea Breeze Oval. St David's will play Stars again in their final match on September 3, while Bay play Willow Cuts.

Rangers beat St David's at Lord's on May 1 in the Twenty20 semi-final, before St David's avenged that defeat by beating Rangers in the Belco Cup semi-final two weeks later.

It should set the stage for an interesting encounter, with the home team anxious to bounce back from last weekend's shock defeat.

That victory for Stars assured safety for them as they now hold a comfortable 41 point lead over bottom teams Cleveland and Willow Cuts, who meet at Somerset Cricket Club in tomorrow's other game.

With just a point separating the bottom two teams, a win could be the difference between automatic relegation and playing one of the First Division teams in a play-off.

Cuts, who defaulted their match at Sea Breeze Oval last weekend, still have to play Southampton Rangers and Bailey's Bay, while Cleveland will meet Stars next Sunday, followed by Southampton Rangers the following weekend.

Somerset are in pole position in the First Division promotion race after Jordan DeSilva, their captain, led from the front with two centuries as Somerset beat PHC and Somerset Bridge last weekend to strengthen their grip on first place in the standings. They lead Flatts by 21 points, while St George's are a further 27 points back in third place.

Somerset have a bye tomorrow, while Flatts take on PHC at PHC Field, and St George's entertain Warwick at Wellington Oval. • The Bermuda Cricket Board development team picked up another win on their tour of England with a 39-run victory over Sussex Under-14 invitational XI on Thursday.

Bermuda batted first and scored 181 for four in their allotted 35 overs, with Marcus Scotland the high man with 61, while Jerez Eve scored 26, and Jamar Stovel 20. Dalin Richardson retired on 33, while Jarryd Richardson retired on 23.

The Sussex XI replied with 142 for six, with Denji Thomas picking up two wickets for 13 runs. Nirobi Mills, Kameren Mason, and Yazharyaa Williams all took one wicket apiece.

Solid innings: Scotland scored 61 as the Bermuda development team beat a Sussex under-14 invitational XI in the final game of their tour of England.

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Published August 20, 2016 at 9:00 am (Updated August 20, 2016 at 12:57 am)

Title race heading for exciting conclusion

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